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By Shannon Walker

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Fox News radio stations seem to think Shannon Walker is the go-to expert voice representing the power of a service-dog in the life of combat veterans. No wonder. Shannon Walker is the founder and CEO of Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit foundation that matches expertly trained service-dogs with combat veterans battling PTSD. Shannon’s spark comes from two loves: a deep love for dogs, and an overwhelming respect for our nation’s veterans. With 24 years as a professional dog trainer, Shannon holds both regional and international Schutzhund titles. She trains with police canine teams, rescue dogs and thousands of family pets. But, in 2011 a US veteran of the Iraq conflict changed everything by requesting Shannon’s help with his dog. Watching the transformation in this veteran ignited a desire to help others by eliminating barriers through matching service dogs with our American Heroes. Fox News radio stations seem to think Shannon Walker is the go-to expert voice representing the power of a service-dog in the life of combat veterans. No wonder. Shannon Walker is the founder and CEO of Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit foundation that matches expertly trained service-dogs with combat veterans battling PTSD. Shannon’s spark comes from two loves: a deep love for dogs, and an overwhelming respect for our nation’s veterans. With 24 years as a professional dog trainer, Shannon holds both regional and international Schutzhund titles. She trains with police canine teams, rescue dogs and thousands of family pets. But, in 2011 a US veteran of the Iraq conflict changed everything by requesting Shannon’s help with his dog. Watching the transformation in this veteran ignited a desire to help others by eliminating barriers through matching service dogs with our American Heroes.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publisher TEDx Talks
Location of Publication Mt Hood
Size/Length 12:59
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz0wT56_YRU
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. Mammals
  4. open access
  5. Pets and companion animals
  6. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  7. Service animals
  8. veterans
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  1. open access